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March 17, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
A 17-year-old from Claremont drowned in the surf Saturday afternoon when a strong current swept him away. The Orange County coroner's office identified the victim as Victor Wang. The Newport Beach Fire Department, which operates lifeguard services in the city, said Wang and two friends entered the water at 29th Street. The other two swimmers were able to reach shore at 28th Street, and went to lifeguards for help at about 4:50 P.M. after they could not locate Wang. He was found facedown and unconscious in the surf line south of the Newport Pier at 20th Street, about 1,000 yards from where he entered the water.
April 17, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The identity of a man who drowned at Huntington Beach State Beach remained unknown Friday, Orange County coroners officials said. The man -- Asian, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 131 pounds and estimated to be in his 20s -- was pronounced dead Thursday after he was pulled to shore and efforts to revive him failed. A fingerprint search came back with no match, officials said.
February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the deaths of 19 Chinese workers who drowned while searching for shellfish in a notoriously dangerous English bay, police said. The deaths of the cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay has highlighted the exploitation of immigrants in the multimillion-dollar shellfish industry, leading to calls for tighter regulation. Lancashire police said five people arrested Sunday were among the reported 16 survivors of the mass drowning.
June 26, 1988
Two fishermen drowned Saturday when a large wave swept them into the ocean from rocks near the former Marineland site on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department said. The men were identified as Jin Xin Yu, 19, and Ron Sen Yu, 20, both of Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The deaths are being investigated as accidental drownings. A witness reported the incident to the Sheriff's Department about 10:20 a.m.
August 11, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Susan Greene, Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Site/cause: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 TOTAL Swimming pool 16 22 20 13 25 15 111 Ocean 10 13 10 5 10 4 52 Bath tub 4 4 4 7 2 2 23 Spa 2 4 3 4 6 2 21 Lake 0 4 0 0 3 0 7 Drainage ditch 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 Scuba diving 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 River 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Toilet 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 Marsh 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Bucket of water 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Ice cooler 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 Source: Coroner's Division, Sheriff's Coroner's Department
January 30, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Two young brothers drowned Sunday when one slipped into a reservoir and the other jumped in to try to save him, police said. The boys, Mark Aaron, 12, and Clare Bryan Hupp, 13, were returning home from the Montclair Plaza shopping center with three friends at about 3 p.m. when they decided to take a shortcut, said Montclair Police Sgt. Bill Casey.
July 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators called the drownings of five youths on a church picnic an accident and said they didn't expect criminal charges. Witnesses said the youths -- ages 10 to 17 -- were swept away in the Meramec River during an outing Sunday at Castlewood State Park near St. Louis. Police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said the investigation hadn't turned up negligence or anything criminal.
July 28, 2002
A Stanton man drowned early Saturday when he tried to swim between the two jetties near the mouth of the San Gabriel River in Seal Beach, police said. Fishermen on one jetty saw Rey Roger Rivas Gavidia, 27, strip to his underwear about 1:15 a.m. and enter the river. He was last seen halfway between the jetties, about 100 yards out. The channel was searched by the Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol, Long Beach police using a helicopter, and Long Beach and Seal Beach lifeguards.
October 7, 1999
A genetic defect that disrupts the heart's rhythm may explain many of the hundreds of mysterious drownings of children and teenagers in the United States each year. Many young people's drownings can be attributed to lack of supervision, alcohol or drug abuse, trauma or seizures. But roughly 10% of them have no explanation. Now scientists, writing in today's New England Journal of Medicine, believe a defect called long-QT syndrome may provide an answer.
December 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Greek authorities said they had found the bodies of six more illegal migrants, bringing the death toll to 10, after two speedboats carrying Iraqi Kurds and Afghans ran aground near the island of Euboea, north of Athens. More than 100 refugees were rescued and several were missing after the accidents in bad weather Thursday. A Cabinet official said a court in Halkida sentenced two Turks to 10 years in prison and fined them each $150,000.
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